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Osteopathic manipulative treatment: novel application to dermatological disease


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Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment,Cranial and Pediatric,Fascial

J Clin Aesthet Dermatol. 2012 Oct;5(10):24-32.


Shannon M Campbell, Richard R Winkelmann, Stevan Walkowski


Dermatological diseases, such as dysesthesia syndromes, stasis dermatoses, and hyperhidrosis are difficult to treat due to their complex etiologies. Current theories suggest these diseases are caused by physiological imbalances, such as nerve impingement, localized tissue congestion, and impaired autonomic regulation. Osteopathic manipulative therapy targets these physiological dysfunctions and may serve as a beneficial therapeutic option. Osteopathic manipulative therapy techniques include high velocity low amplitude, muscle energy, counterstrain, myofascial release, craniosacral, and lymphatic drainage. An osteopathic manipulative therapy technique is chosen based on its physiological target for a particular disease. Osteopathic manipulative therapy may be useful alone or in combination with standard therapeutic options. However, due to the lack of standardized trials supporting the efficacy of osteopathic manipulative therapy treatment for dermatological disease, randomized, well-controlled studies are necessary to confirm its therapeutic value.

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2012 Oct



Campbell, MS., Winkelmann, RR., Walkowski, S. (2012) 'Osteopathic manipulative treatment: novel application to dermatological disease ', J Clin Aesthet Dermatol. 2012 Oct;5(10):24-32.

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